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French and Francophone Studies

Immerse in the language and cultures of the French-speaking world
Discover and expand your knowledge of French and Francophone literature, culture and history as you develop your fluency in the French language.

Since our inception in 1853, we have a long tradition of teaching and researching French and Francophone studies. We provide three pathways to a French and Francophone major: introductory, intermediate and advanced. We provide students with a deep understanding of the literature, culture and history of the French and Francophone worlds, while developing their fluency in French.

We are a vibrant community of researchers, teaching staff and students with academic expertise in the fields of modern and contemporary literature, cinema, art, theory, linguistics and translation.

Our research 

Our researchers focus on a wide range of research areas, including: 

  • Artists’ writings, word and image studies
  • Autobiographical writing, life writing and diary writing
  • Feminist theory and women's writing
  • Film and media studies
  • Film festivals
  • Francophone films and world cinema
  • French and Francophone theory
  • Hoaxes, fakes and forgeries in literature
  • Intersection of genre and gender
  • Linguistics and sociolinguistics
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • Modern and contemporary literature and culture
  • Pedagogy of French as a foreign language
  • Representations of Paris in literature and culture
  • South Pacific literature, art and culture
  • Translation, self-translation and translingual writing.


Our exchange programs provide life-changing experiences in France, Switzerland and Canada where students exercise their language skills and develop an understanding of cultural intricacies first hand.  

  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Sciences-Po, Paris, France 
  • Université d’Aix-Marseille, France
  • Université Denis-Diderot (Paris VII), France
  • Université Grenoble Alpes, France 
  • Université Jean-Moulin 3 Lyon, France
  • Université Lumière Lyon 2, France
  • Université de La Rochelle, France
  • Université d’Orléans, France
  • Université Paris, France
  • Université de Tours, France
  • Université de Genève, Switzerland 
  • Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

Learn more: Study abroad and student exchange

Our people


  • Annabel Gassman
  • Corinne Mesana
  • Jacqueline Murguet
  • Eve Nachin
  • Rita Orsini
  • Christel Rome
  • Victoria Souliman


We hold regular seminars and events that seek to engage with the French-speaking community at large, and to provide a platform for new and exciting research in French and Francophone studies.

See our school's calendar for a full listing of upcoming events.

Each semester, we hold monthly research seminar events with presenters from our department including research staff, students and associates, as well as other disciplines within the University of Sydney and external institutions from Australia and beyond.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

When: Wednesdays, 12 or 1pm

Check our event calendar for upcoming French Connections seminars.

The Sonia Marks Memorial fund was set up in 1985 to commemorate the life and achievements of Sonia Marks, whose untimely death deprived the University of a much-appreciated teacher and colleague. Each year the fund provides prizes for students from the introductory language stream and a memorial lecture on French and Francophone Studies.

Past lectures

2019: Teaching ‘French’ in Brexit Britain
Learning from Teaching

Please check the SLC Events website for our next Sonia Marks Memorial Lecture.

The third international congress of the World Literature Association on 'World Literatures and the Global South' was proudly hosted by the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney from 23–25 August 2019.

Co-convened with the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and the World Literature Association, this international conference engaged with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation.

Learn more

Discipline Acting Chair


  • School of Languages and Cultures, Room 506, Brennan MacCallum Building A18, The University of Sydney NSW 2006

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